A PROPERTY boss has been appointed High Sheriff of Somerset.

Richard Lloyd, executive chairman of South West property development company, Summerfield, has been given the honour for the year 2014/2015. Richard read his official declaration of loyalty at the Legal Service in Wells Cathedral.

He said: “Having lived and worked in Somerset all of my life, I am genuinely thrilled and honoured to have this prestigious position.”

Richard’s duties will include attending to any member of the Royal Family on visits to Somerset, ensuring the wellbeing and protection of High Court judges across the county, and holding an annual High Sheriff awards to celebrate local volunteers, charities and ‘unsung’ heroes.